Montezuma is a small beach village on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya peninsula. For years it has been known and visited for its free-spirit Bohemian vibe, as a result of Argentine hippies that settled here and decided to sell their handicraft bracelets and jewelry.
However, there is more to visit here. A lot of natural beauty, that is. You can find hills full of dense tropical forest, beautiful bays and mangroves. And I didn’t tell you about the waterfalls yet…
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Yes, I guess you got the point while reading my blogs. My boyfriend and I love hiking.
And since the area around Matagalpa, in the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua, is home to almost 50 waterfalls, we decided to hike towards one of the biggest: Cascada Arcoiris (the Rainbow Waterfall). It is not a difficult trail, but the mud makes it very interesting.
Want to get wet and dirty? Read on.
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Imagine greener than green hills, a blue sky and a grazing cattle in the valley below. Birds flying by, you hear a horse neigh from somewhere behind you. For a second I found myself in the mountains of Switzerland or Austria, however, we were hiking the Northern Highlands of Nicaragua.
If you want to clear your mind, get rid of the tourists in the colonial cities of Nicaragua, Miraflor is where you will have to go.
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When we visited Cuba I was quite surprised by the diversity of the nature on the island! After some beaches and beautiful colonial cities we traveled to Viñales, located on the west tip of the island. As soon as you get in the area you see the landscape changing: tropical, extremely green vegetation, lots and lots of palm trees, pools of water, smoothly shaped “elephant” hills. This beautiful serene city is the hub of a hiking paradise.
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If you ask me, I would say the northern part of Nicaragua is underestimated. Since a lot of Nica travelers fly over for about 3 weeks, they try to squeeze in a couple of cities, volcanoes and beach fun before they take the plane back.
That’s a pity, because the Northern Highlands offer misty cloud forests, idyllic country side landscapes with the best coffee and tobacco plantations, and beautiful valleys and canyons. One of those canyons is the Canyon de Somoto. If you are looking for some action in and around the river, this canyon is the place to go to.
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With more than 84 million acres of national parks in the United States, it might be harder than you think to decide where to go on your roundtrip. It is difficult for me to make a top 3 for you, since the parks are so different from each other. You are probably heading for the well known Grand Canyon. If so, there is one park you must visit along the way: Bryce Canyon in Utah.
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Dreaming about hiking the steep paths of the Grand Canyon, visiting the enormous Salt Water Basin in the Death Valley, and measuring the huge trees in Sequoia Tree Park?
Afraid it’s out of your reach since traveling to and in the United States can get pretty expensive?
No more reasons to keep dreaming, start realizing your trip!
We enjoyed a 4 week holiday traveling through the South-West states of California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah and spent $3780 (€3300) for 2 persons including the flight ticket from and to Amsterdam.
$3600, that means less than $1900 per person for a month full of natural beauty and adventure including everything you dreamed of. Let me tell you how you can do this too!
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